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Monday, February 7, 2011

TOS Review ~ VocabAhead: SAT Vocabulary Cartoons, Videos, & MP3s

VocabAhead_LogoDo you have someone in your household studying for the SAT’s, ACT’s, or GRE’s? Are you looking to increase your own vocabulary? Well, VocabAhead may just be what you’re looking for to help!

book-dsVocabAhead offers several different products to help build your vocabulary including a book that covers 300 words, and a DVD that contains 1000 words.  If your tech savvy, there is also an iPhone App. We received a copy of the book SAT Vocabulary: Cartoons, Videos, & MP3s a few weeks ago and Marie and I have been working through it.  We were pleasantly surprised that the book also includes a free download of MP3s and videos on your computer or iPod, something that my teen liked.

The book works like this.  The book is divided into 30 units with 10 words each.  Every page includes one word, with its part of speech, a short definition, a cartoon illustrating the word, and two or three sentences illustrating the word’s use in context. Also included is a list of synonyms and antonyms for each word. At the end of each unit, there is a review to test your knowledge learned. The answers are provided at the end of the book for easy grading.

VocabAhead is an affordable resource the is available through Amazon for just $12.95. The DVD option is priced a bit more at $24.95 and is also available through Amazon.  While I think this may be a great resource for increasing your vocabulary, I was a bit taken back with some of the illustrations and sentences.  While not all of the examples were bad, there were a few questionable ones that made me raise my brow and try to give another sentence or illustration.

To see what others thought of this book or DVD check out the TOS crew site.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a copy of VocabAhead in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .

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